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Why We Should (or Shouldn't) Read Poetry

            "The necessity for poetry is one of the most fundamental traits of the human race. Amy Lowell's essay, "Why We Should Read Poetry,"" is a strongly opinionated paper which attempts to capture the reader's attention and draw them in to her literature loving world. Lowell compares poetry to eating, rambling on about how she believes poetry is a necessity in everyday life. She states poetry is the "heart of man," "and a way to know "man and all his moods."(PAR. 2) .
             In trying to convince her readers that poetry is necessary, Lowell comes off as somewhat obnoxious, and her comparisons to poetry and it's importance in life is pure redundancy. When the author compares the need to eat to the need to consume poetry, it comes off as over the top insane. Not everybody needs poetry to survive - in fact, nobody does. Poetry is merely one way (of many) to reveal our feelings, and it's certainly not a fundamental cornerstone of the human race. .
             Amy Lowell's opinionated essay begins and finishes by stating that everyone needs poetry in their lives in some way, shape, or form. She draws attention to the question, "Why should one eat?" "(PAR. 1), as if eating to survive is remotely close to anyone need for poetry. For some people, poetry is an important part of their lives - through writing, singing or reading another's verse, "poetry" is important to them. However, this is not the case for everyone. It's likely that the majority of people on the planet couldn't care less about poems, poets or song lyrics. .
             Talking, writing, singing, painting, drawing, dancing, playing music and playing sports are just a few ways people choose to express their emotion and feeling. Lowell claimed that, "Everyone needs poetry to know someone and all their moods. (PAR. 10). A person can virtually do anything to display their emotions. Everyone is different! Amy Lowell is a poet herself and she has a passion for it, so maybe that is her personal way of venting her emotions.

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